The show initially started as a special Easy Update episode on September 10, 2016. A Tabletop Escapades Presents episode was then filmed on September 21, 2016 while Dungeon Master Ben Moore was out. Fiasconauts officially launched as its own monthly show on October 28, 2016.
On February 10, 2021, Ian announced on Patreon that Fiasconauts was moving off the monthly rotation and shifting to a more occasional special event release schedule. In its place on the monthly schedule is the re-introduction of the Easy Update segment, The Fast & Loose Internet Talk Show as its own standalone Patreon exclusive show. With the shift to its own show, $5 and up Patrons are able to ask questions which Ian will choose at random without reading them beforehand. New episodes are scheduled to premiere at the end of each month on Patreon.
The show begins with Ian and his companions explaining which Fiasco play-set they chose. They then proceed to decide the relationships, locations, objects, etc. that will be important to the plot of their story. With all that finished, they name their characters and begin to play.
In the first act of the game, each person gets two scenes in which they act out what their character does. They are given either a black die or a white die from the other players, which decides whether the scene ends in their character's favor.
Once everyone does their two scenes, the "tilt" is decided, which is something that will have great effect over the second half of the game. Tilts can be large events, like a secret going public, or simple emotions, like an overwhelming feeling of paranoia. With the tilt decided, the second act begins.
The second act plays mostly like the first, with each player having two scenes focused on their player. When both acts are over, the players decide the fate of their character, with dice being the deciding factor on whether or not they have a happy ending.
Below are the special guests that have been featured on Fiasconauts to date.
In 2019, Jessica Lynn Verdi became a regular cast member and later co-host of Fiasconauts.
|Sep 10, 2016||Nick and Max Folkman
||A Fiasco of Biblical Proportions! - Easy Update 25|
|Nov 25, 2016||Jason Wishnov
||Fiasco by the White Hole!|
|Dec 30, 2016||Amanda Troop
||Fiasco at the Zoo!|
|Feb 24, 2017||Jason Wishnov
||Home Invasion Fiasco!|
|Mar 31, 2017||Dr. Thomas Hinck
||A Superheroic Fiasco|
|May 26, 2017||Ashly Burch
||Back To The Old House!|
|May 26, 2017||Amanda Troop
||Back To The Old House!|
|Nov 24, 2017||Amanda Troop
||Fiasco at the Pen Show!|
|Jun 29, 2018||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|Jun 29, 2018||Amanda Troop
|Jul 27, 2018||Amanda Troop
|Sep 28, 2018||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||Fiasco at the Harvest Festival!|
|Feb 22, 2019||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||Back Stage Fiasco!|
|Jun 28, 2019||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|Sep 27, 2019||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||Terror at Sea!|
|Oct 25, 2019||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||Zombie Apocalypse At CostCo|
|Nov 29, 2019||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|Dec 27, 2019||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||The Evening Strangeness|
|Jan 31, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||The Big Anime Con!|
|Feb 28, 2020||Amanda Troop
|Feb 28, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|Apr 6, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|May 29, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi
||Fiasco in the Federal Bureau of Control|
|Jun 26, 2020||Mary Chieffo
|Jun 26, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|Jul 31, 2020||Amanda Troop
|Jul 31, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi
|Aug 28, 2020||Janel SantaCruz
|Aug 28, 2020||Andy Campbell
|Aug 28, 2020||Jessica Lynn Verdi